The right-wing majority Senate adopted the controversial “global security” bill on first reading on Thursday, after having extensively rewritten it.

The new article 24, extremely criticized, creates an offense of "provocation to the identification" of the police officers. 

The right-wing majority Senate adopted on Thursday at first reading the controversial LREM bill on "global security", after having largely rewritten it, with in particular a new article 24 which creates an offense of "provocation to identification" police officers.

Renamed "for a new security pact respecting freedoms", it was voted by 238 votes in favor and 98 against.

"It is a bit the signature of the crime: you are obliged to write 'liberties' in the title so it is obvious that this law affects them", launched Pierre Laurent (CRCE with communist majority) in the senatorial majority.

Rewrite of article 24

Deputies and senators will try to agree on a common text.

In case of failure, a new reading will be organized in both chambers, the last word going to the National Assembly.

The main novelty brought by the upper house is the rewriting of article 24 which must protect the police in operation, but crystallized the criticisms, causing an outcry among journalists.

The senators' version no longer refers to the 1881 law on freedom of the press, but aims to create in the penal code a new offense of "provocation to identification".

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reaffirmed that the government "trusted" the Parliament for the drafting, as long as the desired goal, namely the protection of police officers and gendarmes in operation, was preserved.

Easier use of police pedestrian cameras 

The upper house voted for the device aimed at facilitating the use of pedestrian cameras for police officers, but after removing the possibility for the police to broadcast the images of their interventions in the media or on social networks.

Still on the aspect devoted to images, the Senate tightened the legal framework for the use of drones, to take into account the observations of the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil).

He also provided for the preparation by the Ministry of the Interior of a "drone employment doctrine".

It also adopted without modification the provision aimed at authorizing the carrying of weapons by off-duty police officers in places open to the public, despite opposition from elected officials of all stripes.

The senators gave their approval to the expansion, on an experimental basis for five years, of the powers of municipal police officers.

They approved the "historic" creation of a municipal police force in Paris.

The bill still provides for a framework for private security, relaxed on several points by the senators.